Storm Kujira’s centre is likely to hit the waters off the coast of northern Quang Ninh province on late June 23, said the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting (NCHF), warning of flash floods and landslides in northern mountainous areas.

At 11 am on June 23, Kujira’s centre was 20.1 degrees north and 108.9 degrees east, about 220 kilometres southeast of Quang Ninh’s Mong Cai city. Wind speeds near the centre will be up to 60-75 kilometres per hour.

In the next 12 hours, the storm – the first to appear in the East Sea this year – is predicted to move northwest at a speed of 10-15 kilometres per hour. At 10 pm on June 23, its centre is predicted to be 21.2 degrees north and 107.8 degrees east in the waters of Quang Ninh. Maximum wind speed will be around 60-75 kilometres per hour.

Kujira will continue to move northwest into the mainland in the following 12-24 hours, then weakening into a tropical depression.

The centre warned of flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains in Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Cao Bang, Bac Can, Bac Giang, Thai Nguyen, Phu Tho, Tuyen Quang and Ha Giang provinces.

The National Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and Control requested coastal localities from Quang Ninh to central Quang Binh province; mountainous provinces in the northeast region; and the ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, National Defence, Public Security, Transport, Industry and Trade, and Foreign Affairs to update vessels about dangerous zones at sea.

The committee also asked northern mountainous provinces to brace for the storm and its possible aftermath.

In Quang Ninh – the first province to be hit by Kujira – its localities and military units have been asked to notify ships in the Tonkin Gulf of the storm and instruct them to take shelter. It also urged rapid action in anticipation of flash floods and landslides.

Measures have also been taken to ensure the safety of more than 600 tourists on Co To and Quan Lan islands of the province.-VNA